All Lead Articles - 2007

A Very Happy Christmas to Archers Everywhere

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

When old Christmastide
Comes in like a bride
With ivy and green holly clad,
Twelve days in the year
Much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had.

The KAA President and Committee would like to wish all our members and fellow archers everywhere a very happy Christmas and every success with their shooting in the New Year.

Kent Longbow Championship

The entry form for the Kent Longbow Championship is now available here.

Please note that this tournament will be shot to GNAS rules and so will be shot in one direction only; we regret that it will only be possible to accept entries from members of GNAS or other national archery association that is affiliated to FITA.

County Record Changes

We would like to remind all of our members of important changes to the way you claim county records that come into effect on 01 January 2008. As previously advised, from that date county record claims will only be accepted on the new claim form.

Full details and an initial supply forms are being sent to every club Records Officer; details are also available here and forms can be downloaded and printed as required.

We have also been busy looking at ways of improving the range of county records open to junior archers - also with effect from 01 January 2008 the records available to juniors for Outdoor Target archery have been massively expanded.

And last, but not least, more county record information is now available in a new section of the Archive.

Extraordinary & Annual General Meetings

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Sunday 18 November 2007, with a disappointing turnout of just over 30 members of the Association. Jacqui Gould was presented with the Inger Frith trophy that she won at the SCAS Inter-Counties Team Tournament and the newly elected committee differs very little from last year's.

At the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) that preceded it, the proposed new constitution was discussed, but in spite of its considerable importance to the on-going development of the Association, no vote was possible because of the lack of a quorum.

Eric Jackson, GNAS Director of Marketing, started the proceedings by thanking all those Kent archers and committee members who helped to make the recent Archery World Cup event at Dover such a success.

Ashford Indoor & Kent Indoor Championship

Congratulations to the new Kent Indoor Archery Champions - the Hall of Fame list of indoor champions has now been updated for 2007. Full results and Kent-specific results are also available here.

Many thanks to Ashford Archers for again hosting the Kent Indoor Championship as part of their annual tournament.

St. Dunstan's Cadet Challenge

St Dunstan's were the clear winners of a competition with novice archers of Romney Marsh Air Cadets 2513 Squadron on Sunday November 4 at the Marsh Academy in New Romney. The event was held to raise awareness of St. Dunstan's and the tremendous work that they do. St Dunstan's coaches said their secret weapon was wheelchair and British Blind Archery Champion, Peter Hammond shooting with Ron Jones and novice St. Dunstaners Gerry Jones, and Colin Williamson.

General Meetings of the Association

This is to remind all members that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Kent Archery Association (KAA) will be held next Sunday (18 November 2007) at the Village Hall, Malthouse Road, Stansted, Kent. This year there will also be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to discuss the proposed new constitution and to vote on whether to accept it - this is a very important stage in the development of the Association and is intended to lay the infrastructure for future work as well as to resolve several serious problems in the existing constitution.

All KAA members are entitled and encouraged to attend - this is your opportunity to make sure that the committee knows what needs to be done to develop archery in the county and your opportunity to get involved and help with the work.

Kent Archery Development Officer

The Kent Archery Association (KAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a salaried Archery Development Officer for the county.

This post is the first of its kind in the UK and is a direct, tangible legacy of the Meteksan Archery World Cup event in Dover earlier in the year. Funding has been provided by Sport England, GNAS, the KSDU and Dover Town Council for up to three years.

The successful applicant was Kay Holliman, who took up her new post on Monday 22 October 2007.

County Record Claim Changes

The County Records Officer and Committee have agreed to introduce a new form for all county record claims. In the past, some archers have missed out on county records, because they assumed (incorrectly) that the County Records Officer would check their monthly score return. It has also often been necessary to return record claims because of missing information, so it is hoped that the new form, which includes everything in one place, will reduce the time and effort required and ensure that new records are agreed more quickly. Use of the new form is recommended, but optional until the end of the year, but will become mandatory for all claims received from 1 January 2008.

Full details and an initial supply forms will be sent to every club Records Officer shortly; details are also available here and forms should be downloaded as required.

Mixed Results at SCAS Inter-Counties

STOP PRESS - 17 October 2007: Tournament photographs now available with the news article.

While The Kent recurve and compound teams both finished out of the medal positions at the SCAS Inter-Counties Team Tournament this year, Jacqui Gould finished with the highest lady's recurve score and Richard Clark ended third in the men's compound.

Kent Archer Competing in Korea

STOP PRESS - 08 October 2007: Melissa Carter has won an individual Bronze medal in the IPC World Championships; for more information about how Melissa and the rest of Team GB performed, go to the GNAS report (expired link).

Remember to check back for Melissa's personal account and photos of the tournament, when she gets back home.

TADSAD Archery member Melissa Carter recently earned a place in the British team that will compete at the IPC World Archery Championships in Korea during October. She flies out to Korea with the rest of the GB team on 30 September for the 10-day event.

General Meetings of the Association

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Kent Archery Association (KAA) will be held on Sunday 18 November 2007 at the Village Hall, Malthouse Road, Stansted, Kent. This year there will also be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to discuss the proposed new constitution and to vote on whether to accept it.

Kent Target Championship - Event Report

Entries this year were up more than 30% on last year and more than double the number finished in spite of poor weather.

All change this year in the Senior Compound championship, but business as usual for Gould and Brighton in the Recurve! Meanwhile Piers Lawrence and Phillip Gower shone in the junior divisions, with Phillip posting a 1242 Bristol 2, the highest score of the day.

A full list of results and main awards is now available.

Meteksan Archery World Cup, Dover

The Meteksan Archery World Cup and EMAU Grand Prix event at Dover ended on Sunday 6 August and the compliments and thanks have started to arrive.

Stop Press: Sky Sports will be transmitting recorded coverage of the event on Sunday 19 August and Monday 20 August.

Invicta Springboard Tournament, 2007

The annual Springboard tournament took place in sunshine (!) on Sunday 22 July at Sennocke Archers' ground at Wildernesse School in Sevenoaks. The tournament was full this year with a waiting list, but all those who took part were able to shoot in weather that was almost miraculous by recent standards. A full report and results are now available:

Kent County Show, Detling

Members of Crown Archers were present at the Kent County Show again this year, running a Have-a-Go for the general public.

And this year the Kent County Council Sports Development Unit (KSDU) invited the Dover World Cup event management team and the KAA to use space in their marquee to publicise the event and to provide general publicity for the sport and Kent clubs.

Meteksan Archery World Cup, Dover

By now every archer in the county should know that one of the biggest events of the archery year is coming to Dover. It all happens from 31 July to 5 August at the Duke of York Military School just across the road from Dover Castle. It includes the third and final stage of the 2007 European Grand Prix and the fourth and final stage of the 2007 Meteksan Archery World Cup.

Visit the ArcheryGB web site for full details of the event and how to get tickets to watch.

Kent Longbow Tournament, 2007

The annual Kent Longbow Tournament was held on Sunday 20 May 2007 and was hosted by Gravesend Archers at Meopham School.

With 66 archers taking part, this was the biggest turnout for a good many years; Thanks go to Neil Turville for organising the event and for ensuring that each year it gets better.

The New KAA Web Site

Well, it's been a long time coming, but here it is at last - the new KAA web site! Why did it take so long? Where is all of the flashy multimedia and interactive content?

This is just the first step down a long path to providing useful information for archers and to attracting new members and helping them into the sport.